Carey Jay Pratt

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
27 August 1948 - 12 July 1970
Kokomo, Indiana
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Carey Jay Pratt

14 Oct 1999

After serving in the Air Force from 1964-72, I made a special trip to see my aunt and uncle, who had lost their only child three years earlier. They were still totally devastated. The only thing that came to my mind was something I had read in Kahlil Gibran's "Sand and Foam":

"When the mother was asked her opinion of the war, she replied,
'Of course it was a glorious war. My son fell in it.'"

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From a cousin,
Jim Kimmel
279 SW Twin Oaks Circle, Corvallis OR 97333

21 Aug 2004

Time dims not the achievements of the brave,
for worth shines steadfast even from the grave.

From his oldest brother,
Thomas Pratt

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 10 July 1970, Staff Sergeant Carey Pratt was a passenger aboard a CH-47A, tail number 65-07999, of the 242nd ASHC. The aircraft had picked up a load of soldiers at a firebase nicknamed "the Mushroom" because it was located in a mushroom-shaped loop of a river. As the aircraft lifted off it was hit in the fuselage by a rocket-propelled grenade. The fuselage broke apart, with the cockpit section falling away from the main fuselage. When the fuselage section hit ground it caught fire. Seven men died as a result, some in the incident itself and some later of injuries received. The seven men were
  • 242nd ASHC aircrew:
  • Passengers:
    • SFC Thomas A. Campbell, York, AL, B/2/12th Infantry
    • SSG Carey J. Pratt, Kokomo, IN, D/2/14th Infantry, died 07/12/1970
    • SGT Robert L. Oldham, Caldwell, TX, D/2/12th Infantry
    • SGT Dennis K. Martin, Cedar Rapids, IA, D/2/14th Infantry
    • SP4 Michael P. Vullo, Alhambra, CA, HHC, 725th Maint Bn, died 07/11/1970

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